By Jof Owen
Grammy nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids have announced a new album, I Only See the Moon, to be released on May 19th, and are premiering their brand new single and video exclusively on Holler.
In anticipation of the album, the band has released ‘All of the Time in the World to Kill’, a gently uplifting field recording full of hard-learned wisdom and faint-hearted hope for the pre-apocalypse.
“The song deals with holding on to what’s most important in the face of loss and uncertainty,” explains The Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. “Recording this track unlocked new colors and sonic approaches for us while maintaining a minimalist fingerprint.”
“The world won’t end the way you think or when you think it will,” they sing in hushed close harmony, as they stare deep into the future and ponder humanity’s place in it.
The tender melancholy of the lyrics and their sibling-like harmonies are underscored by the gently picked wistfulness of the melodies that swirl beneath them. It's what the Everly Brothers might have sounded like if their daddy had brought them up on the songs of Elliot Smith and David Berman instead of traditional Scottish folk ballads.
“Both of us have now lived enough life to understand that maybe one of the purposes we were put on Earth for is to sing together, to write songs together, to make music together,” notes guitarist and vocalist Pattengale. “It has truly provided a direction for our lives.”
“It’s like a successful marriage in that there’s always been enough there between us collaboratively in the way that we work together, sing together, play together," Joey Ryan adds. "It’s a very special thing. And I don’t think we ever took that for granted.”
The song is accompanied by a video directed by Pattengale, premiering exclusively at Holler below.
Founded in 2011, The Milk Carton Kids swiftly emerged as a major force in the American folk tradition, blending ethereal harmonies and intricate musicianship with a uniquely powerful brand of contemporary songcraft.
2013’s debut The Ash & Clay proved their national breakthrough, earning The Milk Carton Kids their first Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. A second Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance followed in 2015 for the track ‘The City of Our Lady’ from band’s acclaimed third studio album, Monterey, and 2018’s All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
The band recently debuted the album tracks ‘When You’re Gone’ and ‘Running on Sweet Smile,’ their first new music since their acclaimed 2019 album The Only Ones.
The Milk Carton Kids have also announced a headline show at London’s Union Chapel for Saturday, May 20th. This will be the band’s first UK show in four years – last playing an acclaimed sold-out show at the Barbican in May 2019
I Only See the Moon is release on May 19th via Far Cry Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers. Click here to presave.
1. All of the Time in the World to Kill
2. Star Shine
3. When You’re Gone
4. Wheels and Levers
5. I Only See the Moon
6. Running on Sweet Smile
7. One True Love
8. Body & Soul
9. North Country Ride
10. Will You Remember Me